Violent clashes continue in Iran and reportedly spread to 133 cities after the d*ath of Mahsa Amini, 22, who fell into a coma after being arrested by the so-called “morality police” last week.
Videos shared on social media show people smoking hijab – headgear that Iran requires of women in public – as well as att*cks on photos of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
At least 35 people have been killed, according to the AFP news agency, which cited data from Iranian state media at the beginning of Saturday.
Most of the anger was directed at Khamenei, while protesters clashed with the police as well.
Material shared on Twitter by Joyce Karam, a senior correspondent based in the United Arab Emirates National, shows someone trying to burn a statue of Khamenei in his hometown.
“Burning the statue of #Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei in his hometown of Mashhad, while protesters chant” d*ath to Khamenei. ” Day 7 protests with anger directed at the top of the regime, ”wrote Karam.
Videos have already circulated showing protesters smoking a poster of Khamenei, who became supreme leader after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s d*ath in 1989. Iran has been an Islamic republic since the 1979 revolution.
The video shared on Twitter by Nexta, the Belarusian media based in Warsaw, appears to show a member of Iranian law enforcement in camouflage with a long gun, pointing at demonstrators.
“The video shows one law enforcement officer firing an assault rifle at the protesters,” Nexta said on his verified Twitter account.
Another video posted by Nexta showed the protesters at night when cars were passing by and a fire was burning in the street.
T.on Washington Post It said on Friday that it had verified a Facebook video of Iranian security forces opening fire on protesters. This video shows one officer approaching a side street, carrying what appears to be a long-barreled pistol, before firing several shots at the protesters.
You can hear the person in the video saying, “Oh no, he shot that woman.”
Iran News Update, which describes itself as a “trusted counterbalance to state censorship in Iran,” shared a video of a woman who appeared to be stained with blood on Twitter and said protests have now erupted in 133 cities.
“The video shows a young woman singing an ancient song about freedom and martyrs while her dress is stained with the blood of the martyrs,” wrote Iran News Update.
Protests are expected to continue amid concerns that the military will be involved, leading to a likely escalation and potentially more d*aths.
Newsweek contacted the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.
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